Beyer, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound linebacker/tight end worked primarily with coach Mark Mangino on the offensive side of the ball at Iowa State’s camp, and impressed coaches with his size and abilities downfield.
“They said they don’t quite know where [I’d play] yet. I could play tight end or on the defensive side of the ball too,” Beyer said. “We didn’t have any really big conversations because we didn’t have a lot of time together. [Mangino] said he’s pretty impressed with how I performed at camp [Saturday]. He said he was happy how I was catching the ball and stuff like that.”
Following camp, Beyer was summoned to Rhoads’ office.
“I was quite honored to be one of the kids that got talked to. Any time the head coach wants to talk to you that’s kind of a big deal I think,” Beyer said. “He said he thought I performed very well at camp and that he looks forward to how I do this season and how I progress throughout summer and stuff like that. He said they’re going to come watch one of my games and they’ll definitely be watching my film this season and we’re setting up so I can go down to any of the home games I want to. I think the whole process is going pretty well so far.”
Beyer, who holds offers from Illinois State, Northern Iowa, South Dakota State and Western Illinois, has drawn strong interest from Iowa State throughout the process. He said he talks to coach Todd Sturdy often and the Cyclones were at state track to watch him perform earlier this spring.
In addition to Iowa State, Beyer has drawn interest from Iowa, where he camped last weekend. Beyer said North Dakota State and Northern Illinois have both shown strong interest too. He plans to camp at Northern Illinois, Northern Iowa, Western Illinois and Illinois State in the coming weeks and could also stop by North Dakota State and Minnesota.
“North Dakota State has been showing quite a bit of interest [and] they want to see me up at camp,” Beyer said. “Northern Illinois, they’ve been showing interest quite a bit. They’re excited to have me down at camp and evaluate me.”
As the evaluations continue from a number of schools, Beyer is focusing on adding weight ahead of his senior season.
“The main thing I’m trying to get done right now is I’m trying to pack on the weight,” he said. “My goal is to be up around 215 for this next season and to keep gaining weight. So I want to gain around 15 pounds this summer.”